Meditation and Mindfulness Coaching
The Cameron Wellness Center & Spa is pleased to announce a new service to our clients: private meditation and mindfulness coaching.
Meditation and mindfulness coaching is a profoundly effective tool for improving the quality of our lives. Mindfulness takes our energy, mind, and emotions from a scattered to a centered state – this assists the brain in maintaining homeostasis. It helps our thinking and emotions become more balanced.
There are many forms of mindfulness training including meditation on the breath, heart-opening meditations and conscious movement practices such as gentle yoga and Qi Gong. This kind of training includes learning to scan the body and release subconscious muscular tension patterns. This can help conditions such as headaches, TMJ, back pain, insomnia, digestive complaints such as IBS, emotional eating and more. Over time we can actually retrain these neuromuscular habits and chronic pain begins to subside. Our private or small group coaching utilizes each of these and sessions will be geared toward the needs of the individual.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Modern science is proving—through brain scans and labs—that these practices change both the structure and function of the brain including promoting the growth of neurons and myelin ( the protective sheath around neurons). It also increases the secretion of calming neurotransmitters and hormones.
Meditation and mindful movement practices such as Qi Gong, yoga and Tai Chi are a means to retrain healthier muscle memory into our nervous system. While these practices have been around for literally thousands of years we now have modern science to validate that these practices work and we can now begin to explain how it changes the brain.
Science has now proven that these practices improve our ability to concentrate, decrease ADD and anxiety. They improve sleep and digestion, helps with emotional regulation, increases creativity and gives us much greater resilience while coping with difficult life circumstances. Mindfulness practices also reduce physical pain syndromes such as low back pain and tension headaches.
These practices are also exceedingly helpful for people in recovery from addiction and trauma. Not only do they help calm the cravings and anxiety that comes with withdrawal but they also help the brain and nervous system recover from the damage done by substance abuse. Increasingly mindfulness training is now used as part of a long-term recovery program for addiction to opioids, cigarettes as well as other drugs. It is also key to healing emotional trauma.
The Importance of Correct Breathing
Learning to breathe correctly is fundamental to these practices. Breathing is an automatic subconscious process and it is the only subconscious process we can also control consciously through mindfulness-based practices. When we learn to work with our breath we are forming a conscious link—a bridge between our conscious and unconscious mind. Learning correct breathing is one of the most powerful tools we have to shift subconscious patterns.
Many people pay little attention to their breathing habits. When we are stressed healthy breathing is usually the first thing that goes awry. Many people hold their breath or do the reverse of shallow, rapid breathing. Physiologically both of these patterns further activate the sympathetic nervous system, commonly referred to as fight-flight-freeze. Fight-flight-freeze upsets the entire neuroendocrine system. It alters the functioning of the brain and gives rise to increasing anxiety, scattered or foggy thinking, insomnia, digestive upset, and emotional outbursts.
Correcting faulty breathing habits is one of the quickest means to shift the nervous system out of fight-flight and into the parasympathetic nervous system commonly described as rest-digest-heal. Because the nervous system regulates all body systems this shift literally benefits every system in the body.
Why Private Coaching?
Our private coaching service is designed to give you these skills. We modify the teaching to fit the unique needs and concerns of the individual. We have arranged this service to be 1:1 or 1:2 for people who wish to come in with a friend or family member. Sessions are one hour long and allow us to gear the teaching to your needs and concerns. Private coaching also allows us to alter the pace of practice and teaching to the needs of each person. Cost for a one-hour session is only $65.00
About our Mindfulness Coach
Our coach is Sally Firmage, who obtained her BA degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. She also obtained a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate from In Body Academy in 2016. She has studied multiple forms of meditation and credits these practices as playing key roles in her own healing. She is currently teaching a modified yoga to severely cognitively disabled adults, instructs science classes at Myotherapy College of Utah and is one of the acupuncturists at Cameron Wellness Center and Spa.